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2017 Film Adaptations of Books We're Excited For

It's always exciting when a favourite book is adapted for the big screen, and there are plenty of film adaptations coming out in 2017. Here are some of the major ones you can look forward to that we are really, really excited for.

1. A Dog's Purpose

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W. Bruce Cameron | January 2017

The delightful, emotional and hilarious book by W. Bruce Cameron features a dog's quest to find meaning in his existence across several fun-filled lives whilst observing the human world. The film will feature Josh Gad as the title character.


2. Fifty Shades Darker

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E. L. James | February 2017

The second volume in the bestselling Fifty Shades erotic romance trilogy of books follows Ana and Christian as they reconcile their relationship and endure a series of shocking episodes, including the interference of a bitter ex-submissive with a gun, and an eventful birthday party. The film will once again star Dakota Johnson as Ana Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey.


3. Before I Fall

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Lauren Oliver | April 2017

When teenager Sam is killed in a car accident on a rainy Friday, she wakes up to find that she can relive that day over and over again for one inexplicable week. Can she unravel the mysteries surrounding her death in time, and truly discover the best way to live her last day? Zoey Deutch will play the protagonist in the film adaptation of this thought-provoking book.


4. My Friend Dahmer

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Derf Backderf | 2017

In this unique graphic novel, award-winning political cartoonist Derf Backderf tries to sympathetically make sense of Jeffery Dahmer, the future serial killer with whom he shared classrooms, hallways, libraries and car rides, a shy child who would be drawn into madness as he grew. The film will feature Ross Lynch as the young serial-killer-to-be. 

5. Wonder

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R. J. Palacio | April 2017

At the heart of this amusing and poignant book is ten-year-old August, a boy who was born with a severe facial disfigurement. He has to tackle bullies and childish cruelty, but does so with a resilient and courageous attitude that inspires those around him. The film will star Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as August's parents, and Jacob Tremblay as the boy himself.


6. Captain Underpants

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Dav Pilkey | June 201

Join Captain Underpants, the headteacher hypnotised by two young pranksters into a comic book hero, as he tackles terrible toilets, evil aliens and heaps more horrible villains! This animated film will star Kevin Hart as the voice of young prankster George Beard, and Ed Helms as the headmaster, Mr. Krupp, a.k.a. Captain Underpants.

7. The Dark Tower

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Stephen King | July 2017

The Dark Tower is an enthralling and thought-provoking series of books about a 'gunslinger' who goes on a quest towards a mysterious tower, said to be at the nexus of all universes. The film will star Idris Elba as the weary and detached 'gunslinger' Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as his foe, the Man in Black.


8. Jumanji

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Chris Van Allsburg | July 2017

In the brand new Jumanji film, four teenagers are sucked into the exciting but perilous board game - and have no idea what they're about to face. What follows is an adventure involving rhinos, black mambas and an endless assortment of jungle traps! The film will star Karen Gillen, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, whose characters - transformed into the unusual figures in the game - must try to make it out alive.


9. It

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Stephen King | September 2017

Derry is a good place to live. Well, for adults, it is. But the children of the Losers Club know better. They must take on the gruesome IT: a monster that takes the shape of an evil clown named Pennywise. The film adaptation of this gripping, gory tale will star Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame and Bill Skarsgard as the malevolent Pennywise.


10. Red Sparrow

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Jason Matthews | November 2017

Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is drafted against her will to become a 'Sparrow' trained seductress, and assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a CIA officer. As the two collide in an electric environment of deception and duplicity, they find themselves entangled in an inescapable attraction that will threaten their careers and so much more. Jennifer Lawrence will star as the seductive spy in this 2017 crime thriller.


11. Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Adventure, Danger and Survival

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Yossi Ghinsberg | 2017

Four travellers meet in Bolivia and set off into the rich depths of the Amazon rainforest to find a hidden tribe and explore new territory - but this exciting adventure soon turns into a perilous nightmare. When the group splits and Yossi is separated from his partner by a horrific rafting accident, he must try to survive for weeks in the wildest of environments, alone. Can he make it out alive - and if he does, will he be the same? This enthralling true story will star Daniel Radcliffe in the film adaptation.